Maverick Vinales will ride for Aprilia in the next MotoGP season alongside Aleix Espargaro, confirmed on Monday.

After weeks of speculations and rumors, it has finally been announced that Vinales will join Aprilia in the 2022 MotoGP season. Aleix Espargaro will be his teammate.

Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola shared his thoughts about the announcement: “We are extremely happy to announce that we have signed Maverick Vinales, a very high-level rider and one of the purest talents in the premier category. Our project has now been enriched with the value that Maverick brings – a World Champion who has confirmed his talent as a top rider in MotoGP – at a time of great change, after bringing a completely revamped bike to the track and having consistently established ourselves in the group of protagonists, we are also facing a switch in status as a Factory Team now, in order to take Aprilia to success.

“We are honored to be able to make all of our best skills available to Viñales along with our enthusiasm and our passion. I am confident that, like Aleix, he will embrace this extremely high-potential project. The arrival of Maverick in no way distances Lorenzo Savadori from the team, as he will remain an integral part of the Aprilia Racing family.”

Vinales is currently 7th in the Drivers’ Championship with 95 points scored after missing the Austrian GP due to a suspension by Yamaha.

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